197367 Promotores/CHWs and community engagement

Wednesday, November 11, 2009: 10:30 AM

Annie Graham, MSPH , Office of Special Programs, Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health, College Station, TX
Mercedes Duchicela, MPH , School of Rural Public Health at the Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, College Station, TX
Promotores, or Community Health Workers, are a key conduit for health information and education within their communities. This is especially true in the primarily Hispanic communities along the Texas-Mexico border, where there typically is a gap between the traditional health provider system and the members of those communities. During the past four years , the USA Center for Rural Public Health Preparedness has been consistently providing training opportunities for Promotores along the Texas-Mexico border. Program evaluation efforts indicate that approximately half of participants are not comfortable presenting what they learned to their communities. In response, the USA Center adapted a methodology used with other audiencesto encourage Promotores to effectively engage their communities in preparedness and health issues. The resulting 2.5 hour training included techniques for identifying stakeholders, guidelines for facilitating a discussion, and tools to create an action plan. This training was first delivered in McAllen, Texas, in January of 2009, with plans for additional deliveries throughout the summer and fall. The content and techniques contained in this training can be easily adapted for use with other groups of Community Health Workers, as well. Building the capacity of these groups is essential to ensure the health and preparedness of every community.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the role Promotores/CHWs play in Community Engagement. 2. List specific methodologies that can assist Promotores/CHWs in engaging their communities. 3. Identify other populations who may benefit from similar trainings.

Keywords: Community Health, Community Capacity

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have coordinated training and education efforts for Promotores/CHWs with the USA Center for the past two years. I have also supervised the certification of this training program by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.